I’m pretty sure that this little spot is the number one fun place to get married in California. With everything from Bocce ball courts to lavender gardens to wishing wells, there’s tons and tons to keep your guests busy and happy all day long. And that’s exactly what this couple did. With lots of pretty DIY details like a 100 year old French door to hold the seating charts, this wedding is beyond gorgeous and there’s way more to see right here in the full gallery!

From the Bride… I claim that we first met in our first year of high school in Spanish class. Tony, on the other hand, does not remember meeting me until at least a year later while working together on a community service project. In any event, we quickly became good friends. Despite Tony’s best efforts, my plan of going to college without a boyfriend worked out. Eventually, we started going on “fake dates” (just as friends), and Tony finally sealed the deal by saying, “Quit leading me on — I just want to be able to break up with you.” Ever since those romantic words, we have been committed to one another, and Tony still has not been able to “break up” with me like he had asked.

Plainly put, we wanted our wedding to be FUN. The most important thing to us was for our guests to enjoy themselves and not feel constrained. With this goal in mind, we found the perfect location in Hazlwood at the Summit. The location provided expansive lawn areas for a multitude of lawn games, from ladder ball to bean bag toss and croquet. The place even had two bocce ball courts, meandering paths through lavender gardens and a wishing well to make other dreams come true.  In order to direct our guests around the property, we reclaimed old fence wood and made vintage-looking signs. Another very important thing to me was that the wedding officiant be someone meaningful. Who better than our high school leadership advisor who knew Tony liked me before I did? We became good friends over the years and knew he would be able to put a personal touch on our ceremony. The over all feel of our wedding was backyard BBQ with a little vintage chic. Our color scheme was coral with cool ocean blues and greens. To accomplish this, we scoured flea markets and antique fairs for old blue mason jars to use as vases for our centerpieces. We used succulents to tie in the blue and green colors into the floral arrangements. The succulents also became the perfect boutonnière for the groom and groomsmen. This also provided us with a great opportunity for our favor that tied into the theme and was “green” at the same time.  We provided each guest with their own individual succulent that they could take home and plant in their own garden.

Luckily, my mom is into antiques, and we were able to find and use many things from inside her home. We used a 100-year-old French door to list our seating arrangements and old suit cases and tins to hold flip flops for guests and supplies at the scrapbooking table. We also wanted to have a way to capture all the fun memories from the day. In order to capture those moments, we set up a photo booth and created our own backdrop. The backdrop consisted of wedding photos of our parents and grandparents in antique frames with large frame cutouts for our guests to pose within. Finally, we decided to use a “Thumb Print Tree” rather than the traditional guest book. We enlisted one of Tony’s groomsmen to draw tree and have since placed it in a frame that was hand-painted by my sister. We have it hanging in our home to look at every day. In keeping with our BBQ feel, our guests were treated to one of our favorite dishes, BBQ pulled pork sandwiches. This was a staple of our college diet while living in San Luis Obispo and remains so today. They washed down dinner with “Sharkarita’s” (a margarita topped with blue curacao to give it a teal look) served in my mom’s set of mason jar glasses. The entire day turned out perfectly. From the lawn games at cocktail hour to the personalized ceremony and all the little details in between. We are so grateful for all our friends and family who made this day possible. Without them, we could have never pulled off such a unforgettable evening. 

Wedding Photography: Orbie Pullen Photography / Wedding Venue: Hazlwood at the Summit in Los Gatos, California / Venue Contact: Barbara Knipe / Floral Design: Cupertino Florist / Catering + Equipment Rental: Prestigious Provisions (JKnipe@yahoo.com) / Wedding Cake: Jamie Rose of The Indulgent Rose / DJ: John Gomez of SIR DANCEALOT / Photo Booth: Chris DaSilva of DaSilva Photobooth / Wedding Dress + Veil: David’s Bridal / Bride’s Shoes: ALDO / Bride’s Jewelry: Made By Sam / Hair: Melissa Dawson (melissarenee5@gmail.com) / Makeup: Karen Quetano / Men’s Attire: Macy’s